Got a lunchtime walk in yesterday. The robins were happy to get out for some berries and their songs filled the crisp air. Dozens come in from the woods when a break in the weather allows. Took a few snow snapshots and many robin pictures. Walking was difficult as my friend who plowed the gravel sides deep for me had retired in October, but I wore my boots and traversed on to the tropics of Schaefer's greenhouse. Been peeking through windows at all the poinsettias for some time now, but entering the greenhouse is magical. After taking off the winter wear to prevent overheating I thoroughly enjoyed the festive location. There is a wonderfully landscaped settee for visiting Santa behind the wonderful tree display complete with horse-cart full of foliage. Quite a magical setting. An abundance of garden gifts to drool over...
Began exhibiting prints and drawings in 1973. Studies under Naperville printmaker, Barbara A.Brien. Life mentor and teacher William Vose of Paw Paw, IL. Current member of Naperville Art League, La Grange Art League and Kendall Art Guild. Teacher of Art Appreciation in Yorkville School Districts. Teacher of children's art programs in Sandwich, Plano, Yorkville, Newark, Somonauk, Oswego and Aurora schools and park districts.
Three courageous grown children. Resides in Yorkville,IL.with a menagerie of rescued companions.
Using my practice of quick poses in life drawing, I opportune to experiment with colors and differing line textures to recreate quickly the effects of light on the spiritual essence of the human form. My intention is to pull the viewer into following line, breathing with it's form, knowing it's actual beauty.
Books I've been reading
Joy of Love by Pope Francis
Artist Rules by Christine Valters Paintner
On Writing by Stephen King
Printmaking on a Budget by Mandy Bonnell and Stephen Mumberson
Gifts From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Moving On by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck